Sino-German Environmental Partnership Phase II
As of: March 2020
Objective and activities
In a time of slower economic growth, the 13th FYP strengthens environmental protection by pushing for a sustainable development and the realisation of an ´Ecological Civilisation´. The Sino-German Environmental Partnership further improves China’s environmental governance approach through targeted exchange of experiences and advice on air, soil and water pollution prevention and control among other topics. The project fosters market-based approaches, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and strengthens institutional and human capacities thus contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. The project enhances the bilateral environmental dialogue with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection and the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development with concrete policy concepts and solution-oriented approaches.
Sino-German environmental partnership
State of implementation/results
Success in the long-standing cooperation between the Blue Angel (German eco label) and the Chinese environmental label: The harmonisation of environmental certification standards in the printer cartridge and document shredder product groups has been agreed and is due to be signed in 2019. This is the decisive basis for mutual recognition of eco-labels and supports sustainable consumption in China and Germany.
- A step towards a "Paris Agreement for the Protection of Biodiversity": As part of the Biodiversity COP 14 in Sharm El Sheikh, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), together with the Chinese Academy of Science, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and with the support of this project, hosted a side event on the post-2020 Convention on Biodiversity. Among the participants were representatives of the governments of Malawi, Mexico, the Germany and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The event served as an important platform for exchange ahead of COP 15, which will take place in Kunming, China, in 2020. The 15th Biodiversity COP will be of particular importance because it will adopt the new global targets for the protection of biodiversity for the Decade 2020 to 2030 and present them as the "New Deal for Nature" to the global community. The participants of the side event expressed hope that this post-2020 framework will be a breakthrough as big as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
- The project organized numerous study visits for the Chinese Ministy of Environment and Ecology (MEE) and the CCICED to Germany and other EU-countries. Among the subjects were prevention and removal of soil pollution, protection of biodiversity, combating ocean pollution, and prosecution in the environmental sector.